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    September 10, 2010
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>> there's not much left after two four-alarm fires in west baltimore. i'm jennifer franciotti. details are next. >> a california neighborhood goes up in flames as a massive gas line rupture ignites an unbelievable explosion. we'll have the latest. >> and it looks look a fall-like weekend is in the works. the insta-weather plus forecast, as 11 news today continues right now. >> good morning, tgif, i'm mindy basara. >> and i'm stan stovall. thanks for joining us for 11 news today. >> meteorologist john collins has a check of the forecast. looking good. >> yeah. you mentioned the fall-like weekend. i was out working in the yard past couple of days, very nice, and a lot of leaves in the lawn. but it's not because of fall-like temperatures, it's because of the dry conditions we've got. >> but let's talk about the cool for the moment. we'll address the wet in just a minute, or dry, or whichever way you want to look at it. at b.w.i. marshall right now, 56 degrees the temperature.
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that's the low there so far this morning. it just dropped into that range. 72%, the humidity. barometer has bumped up just a little bit, and we have a breeze to the west at 6. we'll still have a breeze tonight, not as breezy as yesterday. cool temperatures dominate the great lakes, new england, right down into the midatlantic region, all the warmer stuff is well to our south and southwest. so again today, very nice. now, we'll address the rain situation coming up in just a few minutes with the insta-weather plus forecast. right now, we want to see if the traffic is behaving or not. here's kim dacey. good morning. >> good morning, john. behaving pretty well so far, no he wants or accidents to report. just one closure because of an event. the preston street is closed between howard and cathedral. that's going to be closed all weekend through sunday because of the baltimore symphony orchestra's gala and concert event going on tomorrow. so just one thing to watch out for as you're heading around town this weekend. otherwise, we are looking very nice around the area. our speed sensors show we are up to speed on all of those major roadways, and our drive
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times confirm that. the outer loop west side and top side, 11 minutes. 16 minutes on 895 north between 95. we'll give you a live look outside, and you can see, not many people out there. very, very nice ride on the top side of the beltway this morning, both the inner and outer loops. 95 and 32 in howard county, southbound traffic coming toward us. you can see no delays reported there just yet. and that's the latest on traffic pulse 11. back over to you. >> good morning. our big story this morning -- the controversy over florida pastor's threat to burn copies of the koran tomorrow. the anniversary of 9/11. >> after announcing that he was canceling his event, the florida pastor now says he may have changed his mind once again. 11 news washington bureau reporter kate amara joins us live this morning with more on this. good morning, kate. >> hey, good morning, mindy. good morning, stan. lots of twists and turns in this story. and whether or not this pastor actually plans to burn a koran tomorrow is unclear, but what is quite clear is that just the threat tv has sparked outrage around the world.
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after canceling a koran burning on the anniversary of 9/11, florida pastor terry jones now says he's reconsidering. >> now we're some somewhat in a state of limbo, and we have to rethink, of course, our position. >> earlier, the minister announced he was calling off the event, saying a muslim leader promised a proposed islamic center near ground zero would be moved, but the imam behind that project denied there was ever any deal. >> my major concern with moving it is that the headline in the islam world is we're under attack in america. >> this drew condemnation from around the world. the pastor's plan sparked protests in pakistan. a visit from the f.b.i., and a personal call from the defense secretary to stand down. >> the potential ripple effect here is very real. >> pastor jones now says that
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he will meet with the imam in new york tomorrow. it is unclear, though, if that meeting ends the koran burning will actually take place. live in washington, i'm kate amara, wbal-tv 11 news. mindy, back to you. >> so kate, can you give us any insight into that phone call from secretary gates? >> sure. according to the pentagon, the secretary placed a very brief call around 4:00 yesterday afternoon, urging the pastor to cancel this event, saying he was very concerned if it happened it could cause harm to american troops who are overseas. the pentagon also says this kind of a personal appeal is an extraordinary measure, but that the call was worth placing if it could save at least one life. >> all right, kate amara live in washington, thank you. stay tuned. >> another late-breaking story making national headlines this morning, a federal judge has ruled the military's don't ask, don't tell policy against gays in the military unconstitutional and will order the government to stop enforcing it. u.s. district court judge
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virginia phillips says the ban violates the first and fifth amendment rights of gays and lesbians. she also says the policy has a direct and deleterious effect on the armed services by removing service members with critical skills and training. the justice department has not commented as to whether or not it will appeal the ruling. that brings us to our water cooler question of the day. do you agree that the military's don't ask, don't tell policy is unconstitutional? email your response to watercooler@wbaltv.com. >> it could be several days before it's determined just what sparked the initial blaze that triggered wednesday's devastating fires in west baltimore. 11 news reporter jennifer franciotti is live on the scene with more. good morning, jen. >> good morning. well that she fire basically wiped out an entire stretch of rowhouses here on north calhoun street. you can see the yellow tape behind me blocking off this area, and it's a good thing, too, because the sidewalk is completely littered with glass and debris and broken chunks of con creert from the fallen rowhouses. these fires happened on
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wednesday afternoon and stretched into wednesday evening. it took more than 100 firefighters to battle the four-alarm blaze. the first fire started here on north calhoun street, and it's believed, at least preliminary nearly, that employers from that fire ignited north kerry street. in all, 11 rowhouses burned, most were vacant, but at this point we're told the red cross is assisting six families. >> we need money for clothes, food, i think some diapers. one of the families needed diapers. and we gave them -- we got them a hotel. >> the fire did begin here on north calhoun street, and so arson investigators spent a great deal of time at this fire scene trying to determine a cause. we're told they have several scheduled days off, so it will be at least until next week before a potential cause is released. reporting live in west baltimore, jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. >> thank you, jen. new this morning -- city police are investigating a stabbing at a popular downtown nightclub.
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the victim was stabbed just after 11:00 in the rams head lodge on marcus place. details are still sketchy. we don't know if the victim was a man or woman or if the attack took place inside or outside the club. the victim's condition is also unknown. >> a glen bernie man has the distinction of becoming baltimore city's 150th murder victim of 2010. police tell 11 news the unidentified victim was shot in the 1400 block in southwest baltimore yesterday afternoon. after being shot, the man dragged himself to a nearby business for help. >> it's a very quiet area, one of the thoroughs from east to west. as you can see, you have homeowners out here, not typical for this area. >> this latest murder puts the city just five behind the pace of murders this time last year. anyone with any information on this case is asked to call the metro crimestoppers at 1-866-7-lockup. meanwhile, in harford county, sheriff's deputies have a pair of suspects in custody. in the case of a dble shooting
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in edgewood, we're told the two victims were taken to a hospital for treatment, though one only suffered a graze wound. no word if the two people arrested at the scene have been officially charged. >> the man charged in a road rage murder is back behind bars this morning after being released on bail last week. yesterday a judge revoked the million dollar bail issued to secure the release of james king. king is accused of killing calvin young as he sat at a red light. prosecutors argue king was a danger to the community and a flight risk at yesterday's bail review hearing. after more than a week of selection, a jury could be seated as early as today in the murder trial of former baltimore city councilman. they tell the "baltimore sun" they hope to have 12 jurors and two alternates seated by this morning. that could allow opening statements in the robbery and murder to begin on monday. the judge hearing the case has told potential jurors the trial could last more than a month. >> attorneys filing sexual harassment charges against anne arundel county executive john
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leopold say they have uncovered more details and more victims. attorneys for carla behinder, a former legal press aid, say other county employees have now come forward to define a pattern of harassing behavior by the county exec. >> he would, for example, say i'm not going to have -- this one is not attractive enough for this position. i'm going to get rid of her. i'm painting a peculiarity of a man who has a potentially serious problem. >> the county executive leopold continues to deny the charges, pointing out that the complaint was dismissed by the eeoc earlier this week as being without merit. >> the time is 6:09, 61 degrees on tv hill. coming up -- the morning's financial news in the bloomberg business report. >> also ahead, a san francisco suburb looks more like it's been fire bombed after a massive explosion lays waste to several square blocks. >> this morning, clear skies,
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no rain nearby, and very comfortably cool temperatures. we'll detail where the forecast goes today and over the weekend, coming up. >> and no he wants or accidents to report right now, -- and no incidents or accidents to report right now, just one
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>> that'll a pretty view this morning looking downtown from our skycam. 12 minutes past 6:00. it's a friday morning. and the temperature right now downtown is 63 degrees. some of the readings a little cooler than that. no rain around us, just a scattering. leftovers of hermine, a lot of moisture there, down in the mississippi valley and ohio
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valley, right where they come together, near carolina and illinois. this rain isn't all that heavy now, but it produced over a foot of rain in parts of texas and oklahoma just a couple of days ago. cold front producing some thunderstorms out there. that's going to be a game changer by the time we hit the end of the weekend. let's take a look at rain, by the way. we could really use some. we haven't had any for 17 days, talked about that a while back. so for the month, we only have a trace. that's short of where we should be, about the same for the year so far. so yeah, we could use some rain. hate to see it come over a weekend, but, you know, you have your priorities, all right? here's the scattering the clouds over the area, but it's fair weather. the clouds aren't making any rain. a few cool temperatures out there. randallstown, 58. columbia, 58. 61 in pasadena. martin state airplane, 63. edgewood, 61. same across the bay. the satellite picture shows this big area of high pressure overhead, so there's a
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disturbance up over maine, and the unsettled weather off to our south and southwest with this cool front coming in. all of this eventually comes our way, and we'll it will bring us a chance for some rain. by the time we hit the latter portion of the weekend, until we get there, our friday and saturday weather is really controlled by this high pressure. so our forecast today, some scattered clouds here and there, but the sun will be the dominant feature. it will be a little on the breezy side, but not as windy as yesterday. cooler than normal, too. winds northwest at about 10 to 15, and we might see a gust or few stronger than that. as far as morning on the bay is concerned, small craft advisories are up, northwest 10 to 15 foot. insta-weather futurecast, dry weather. until we get to late saturday, then we get to pick up clouds late saturday. so today and tomorrow look fine. and we'll be a little warmer tomorrow. but by saturday night, sunday morning, we do pick up scattered shower and
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thunderstorm chances, and that chance will continue until sunday afternoon. the front finally goes through, we start to dry out once again. so forecast, you can see that over the next seven days. 77 today. 80 tomorrow. good weather both days. we may see some sun on sunday mostly, a lot more clouds with that front going through, and some rain chances skewed toward the morning hours. i mean, right up to the noon time. then in the afternoon, the rain chances start to diminish. 79, the high. we'll be in the low to mid 80's on monday and tuesday, no rain. thursday and friday, the temperatures go down a little bit, and we continue dry. >> john, traffic is looking very nice on this friday morning, no incidents or accidents to report, and just one event closure we want to pass along to you. preston closed between cathedral and howard street. that's going to go on until sunday because of the baltimore symphony orchestra's gala and concert going on tomorrow. so just one thing to be aware of as you head out the door this morning. speed sensors show west side of the beltway, 65. 61 on the j.f.x.
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61 also on the top side. 65 on 95 and the northeast corner. so we are looking very nice, no delays to report. week give you a live look at the top side of the beltway and harford road. both inner and outer loops, very light volume, very nice. and 95 in the area of 32, this is southbound traffic coming toward us, obviously a little heavier down towards washington. but overall, looking good, no delays to report there. and that's the latest on traffic pulse 11. stan, over to you. >> taking a look at some of our top stories this morning, one person is dead and 53 homes have been obliterated after a massive blast set a san francisco suburb up in flames. firefighters are still battling this blaze at this hour. flames could be seen hundreds of feet in the air at one point in the evening. a local utility confirms one of its gas lines rupture and had somehow ignited, setting homes and cars ablaze, leaving a giant crater behind. no word yet as to how many people might be injured. meanwhile, residents in boulder, colorado, are being told to prepare for the possibility that they'll have
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to flee their homes as a waging wild fire gets even closer. residents along the city's west side are already being urged to remove their lawn furniture, brush, and propane tanks, and wet down their yards and their homes. 170 homes have already been destroyed by the blaze, which is still just 30% contained. a disgruntled employee of the philadelphia food processing plant is in custody, accused of a deadly shooting spree that killed two co-workers and injured a third. about 100 people were inside the plant when it began. officials say before they arrived, a 43-year-old woman called 911 from her cell phone from inside the building, but then turned herself in. police say the suspect had just been suspend from the her job earlier in the day as she returned with a handgun. >> in this morning's consumer alert, despite a high unemployment rate, the nation is experiencing a shortage of
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truckers. trucking companies have been struggling to play catchup for the bulk of the year after cutting back on their fleets in previous years. that means manufacturers and suppliers are both being delayed in receiving and shipping. this comes as pending requirements will make it harder to hire drivers and possibly further limit hours driven. maybe september, but toys r us already thinking about christmas. no surprise there. the retail toy giant plans to open 600 temporary express stores in malls and other shopping centers across the country for the upcoming holiday season. it's a move by toys r us to compete with online retailers and discount stores, such as wal-mart. also it fills a void in malls sense the last big mall retailer, k.b. toys, closed up back in 2008. president obama is once again commanding wall street's spotlight. 11 news reporter jane king has that story in the bloomberg business report. >> wall street paying close attention to the white house. later this morning, president obama speaking to the media about his latest economic push. so far this week, he's proposed
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plans aimed at getting more americans back to work. the president expected to upon a new council of economic advisors. the president will tap a former university of chicago business professor named austin goulsby for the job. "the times" says he's a strong believer in free trasmede as for trading, stocks continue climbing higher yesterday as weekly jobless claims dropped to an almost two-month low. your maryland index now on a two-day winning streak. maryland children are getting a helping hand from verizon. employees of 16 verizon locations around maryland and the district of columbia collected more than $7,200 worth of supplies for schools. it's part of verizon's tools for school campaign. they will now be given to kids at 10 maryland elementary schools. and g.p.s. navigation leader has been tracking baltimore traffic ahead of the ravens football season. they say that while you should expect some delays on roads around m&t bank stadium, it's
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not as bad as traffic delays in d.c., boston, or buffalo. that is business at the new york stock exchange. i'm jane king, bloomberg news, for wbal-tv 11 news. >> coming up on 6:20, 61 degrees on tv hill. another check auto weather and traffic straight ahead. >> i know you're busy this friday morning, getting the kids ready for school, running to the office. but when we coming back, just give me your attention for a couple of minutes, because ray lewis has something to say, and believe me, you are going to want to hear it. >> and those don't forget to email your answer to the water cooler question of the day. do you agree with the military's don't ask, don't tell policy? email your response to watercooler@wbaltv.com.
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>> good morning. kim dacey checking on the roads this morning. overall, looking very, very much nice, no not or accidents to report, just one event we want to talk about in the city. preston street is closed between cast tral and howard street. that's going to go on until sunday because of the baltimore symphony orchestra's gala and concert tomorrow. so just one thing to be aware of. drive time looking good. on the inner loop west side, 11 minutes. six minutes between 100 and the beltway. 895 south between harbor tunnel and 95 on the south side looking at nine minutes.
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so no delays around those major roadways. we'll give you a live look at the west side right at wilkins avenue. things moving just fine on both the inner and the outer loops. switching over to a live view of 95 in the northeast corner, just north of the beltway, southbound traffic is coming toward us there on the top part of your screen. we're not even seeing any delays at all. and that's the latest on traffic pulse 11. now a check on the forecast. >> and it's a good forecast again today. a lot of sunshine. statewide, temperatures again will be below the seasonal average. normally we'd be around 8 for the high. we'll be close to that, but probably short of it, with a little bit of a breeze and a lot of sun. here in baltimore, temperatures will be in the mid 70's during the day today. we'll talk about the rain chances somewhere in this forecast over the next few days coming up in just a few minutes. stick around. >> listen, over the years, you see a lot of dvent players, ravens players included, they play it close to the vest when
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talking about an opponent, for understandable reasons. but not this time around for ray lewis talking about the jets and the monday season opener in the meadowlands. having obviously heard enough out of new york in the way of trash talking from jets players and jets coach rex ryan, ray got way past political correctness, and he cut loose. this might be the best of ray lewis in 15 years talking about an upcoming opponent. >> i don't know what rex said. but, man, look, the bottom line is, you know, and i'm going to be very careful with this, we're talking about the jets like we're talking about the saints. that's the defending super bowl champs. and until they play tonight, that's the only people that can be dethroned. drew brees and the saints, not moss, sanchez, and the jets. you know, all this, we the miami heat of football. if y'all the miami heat, we got to be the lakers. because we looking at multiple rings. but you listen to all this yap, yap, yap, you got to buckle up
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your chin straps. the thing that rex, whatever he said, i don't even want to get into there because i did not see it, but when you talk about what i can't do, we talking about a decade of stuff i've done. so we're not talking about whether i couldn't -- i did not want to call one defense or not. coach mark sanchez. coach your jets, what you know i'm saying? my name should not come out rex's mouth unless you telling somebody to come block me, which is going to be a very hard task come monday night. so whatever he feels that they want to say and all these jets want to talk about this, man, you still got to play the game. the game ain't played in two turns. the game is played when you buckle up your chin straps. so all this pressure you want to put on this team, i hope they can cast the ship to being right. it's what you love. it's what you love. it's just a certain point you get tired of everybody talking about stuff. you can talk about whatever, but the bottom line is, there ain't no man over there that's going to fight me, so i'm good with that part of it. >> monday night, ray lewis and the ravens in the new
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meadowlands stadium, and we'll have the call for you on wbal and 98 rock. you just sit. this is going to be something special. i'm gerry sandusky. hope your friday's off to a fantastic start. >> knowing ray's going to have to have a speaking engagement. >> that was very entertaining. 6:26, 61 degrees on tv hill. there's much more to come this morning in the next half-hour of 11 news today. >> fire investigators want to know what caused two four-alarm fires on wednesday. i'm jennifer franciotti. details are next. >> well, he might have thought it was a harmless teenage prank, but police aren't laughing at pop star justin bieber's alleged actions at the maryland state fair. we'll tell what you he's accused of doing. >> and we are looking very nice this friday morning on our roads. just one event to talk about. we'll have that and much more for you. >> cool out there this morning, but feels good. we'll talk about the forecast we'll talk about the forecast for the weekend.
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>> good morning, everybody. welcome back to 11 news today. i'm stan stovall.
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>> and i'm mindy basara. thanks for joining us. meteorologist john collins has a quebec look at the forecast on this friday. hi, john. >> all we have to do is look at the radar to see the rain is either well off to our southwest or west. neither of those features will get in here during the day today or tomorrow. eventually, maybe. we'll talk about it with the insta-weather plus forecast detail in just a minute. >> our big story this morning, the aftermath of this week's devastating four-alarm fire in west baltimore is still being felt. >> the investigation into what sparked the blaze continues. 11 news reporter jennifer franciotti joins us live from west baltimore with more on the story. good morning, jen. >> good morning. well, this fire here on north calhoun street has tape around the building, which takes up at least half a block, and there's still no word on what caused the fire. but yesterday folks gathered around to see what they could salvage. the day after fires brned on two blocks in this west baltimore neighborhood for nearly six hours and most of the smoke has cleared. >> i couldn't stay in the house
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at all. >> but people like esther still have a big mess on their hands. >> esther is one of dozens of people on the 1300 block of north calhoun and nearby north kerry who are struggling through the after-effects of the fires that drew nearly 100 firefighters. her neighbors have broken out windows, holes through their walls, and water damage as well. >> my roof is gone. my third floor is gone. half of my second floor is gone. i have water in my basement like that. >> the red cross is assisting six families in the area. >> food. i think some diapers. one of the families needed diapers. and we gave them -- we got them a hotel. >> and that's really a good thing, because there is nothing left here. in the light of day, you can see how gutted these buildings
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are, and the sidewalk is completely littered with debris. fire investigators had several scheduled days off, so it will likely be next week before a cause is released. reporting live, jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. >> thanks, jen. baltimore county police have identified a man shot by police officer in randallstown on monday. police say the officer was forced to shoot a 45-year-old man, henry francis harris jr., after he allegedly disarmed an officer who tried to shoot him, so another officer then shot harris. harris was taken to shock trauma, where he's expected to survive. prosecutors cannot show a jury a photo of a frostburg state university student displague the shotgun he allegedly used to kill a school basketball player, saying it would unfairly prejudice the jury. judge rejected the prosecution request during pretrial motion yesterday. hall is accused of two when the pair came to his door following a confrontation at a party earlier that night last april.
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>> former governor bob ehrlichman wasn't going to wait until election day to cast his vote. a republican candidate cast his vote on the last day of early voting at the annapolis senior activity center yesterday. although he opposed early voting, the former governor now said it's the law of the land and he encouraged people to take advantage of t. election officials say only 2.5% of registered voters took part in the state's first early voting opportunity. with the early voting locations now closed, voters will have to wait until tuesday to cast their votes in the primary election. meanwhile, elected officials everywhere have struggled with tight budget, taken pay cuts, cut their own expenses, or given up precious perks. but in baltimore city, sheriff john anderson continues to rack up thousands of dollars in overtime expenses for his own personal convenience. he keeps a low profile, but unjoe one perk usually attached to only the most most profile positions.
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jane killer has more. >> martin o'malley has it, so does stephanie rawlings-blake, but john anderson? you can be foregiven for asking who? the baltimore city sheriff isn't exactly a household name or in charge of a state or city. and yet, sheriff anderson provides himself with executive protection, car and drivers for by taxpayers. these pictures were taken recently as anderson was picked up at the mitchell courthouse, the location of the sheriff's office, and escorted away. it's apparently a perk that extends well beyond normal working hours. according to city finance records, two sheriffs have racked up hundreds of hours in controversy time since january of 2008 escorting sheriff anderson. between january 1, 2008, and july 5, 2010, one sergeant has been paid $72,843 in overtime. between january 1,2008 and july 14, 2010, the other's been paid $62,548.
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in addition, two sergeants worked holidays escorting the sheriff, which only added more cost to anderson's executive protection bill. one of anderson's deputies told us by phone the office is trying to cut down on the overtime expense by scheduling one of the drivers to an evening shift so that anderson can be transported around town at a lower cost. the deputy acknowledged the extent of the executive protection perk, telling us, make sure someone's with anderson at all times. the city sheriff's office is not a 24-hour operation. executive protection is apparently unusual. we asked, for example, whether the baltimore county sheriff had a driver. the employee who answered said, you mean in his golf bag? the answer was no. i'm jayne miller, wbal-tv 11 news. >> five maryland public schools can now add a national blue ribbon to their list of accomplish ams. among the 300 schools nationwide being given top honors, baltimore county's eastern technical high, howard
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county's ellicott mills middle, frederick county's new market elementary, calvert county's northern middle and northwestern county. it was given the schools consistently high performance and a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students who have shown significant improvement. >> congratulations. not everyone was thrilled when pop star justin bieber's performance while visiting the maryland state fair last week. state police report the 15-year-old singing sensation threw water balloons at a pair of state troopers, dousing one trooper's gun with water, while the other got off to glancing blow. state police say while actions were inappropriate, no police charge were made, and therefore, no charges will be filed. >> good morning. kim dacey checking on your morning commute. picking up just a tad out there. we have report of an accident in the city at owe donald street and interstate avenue. also, preston street remains closed from cathedral to howard because of the b.s.o. concert and gala going on.
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live drive times checking out ok. the inner loop top side, 15 minutes across the top there. 95 south between the fort mchenry and the beltway, eight minutes. nine minutes between the harbor tunnel and 95 there on the south side. a live look outside at the west side of the beltway at wilkins avenue. inner and outer loops moving just fine there. switching to a live view of harford road, causing problems on the top side outer loop. that center and middle lane, looks like two lanes are closed on the right, and that's going to cause quite a backup because of an accident there, so we'll keep an an eye on that. and that's the latest on traffic pulse 11. john, over to you. >> the sun is out this morning. it's pleasantly cool. the temperature at the airport is now 56 degrees, and that's the low so far this morning. 72%, the humidity. barometer has risen just a little bit. but it's a little on the low side. and west winds at 6 miles an hour. headed for school today? this morning, temperatures in the upper 50's to low 60's to start the day. but on the way home, it's mild,
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not hot, not warm, but just mild. 74 to 79, the temperature range. during the day today, we'll see plenty of sun with no rain in the forecast. eventually there is some rain in our forecast over the next few days. i'll detail in just a few minutes. >> and we need it, right? 6:37, 61 degrees on tv hill. coming up -- the ability to go cross-country skiing all summer long. a russian inventor has it for you. a very strange story behind very weird pictures. >> oh, yeah. that looks like fun. and we're still taking your answers to our water cooler question of the day. do you agree that the military's don't ask, don't tell policy is unconstitutional? email your response to watercooler@wbaltv.com.
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>> a februaryerman in denmark hauled in the catch of a lifetime, but it wasn't a fish. jacob wasn't having much luck when he went fishing, and his eyes and mind started to wander, but he spotted something shiny in the water. he used a hook to fish it out. to his surprise, he came up with a big bracelet, big golden bracelet weighing more than five ounces. it turns out it dates back to the early days between 800 and 950 a.d. he'll get a $1,700 reward. >> he should get more than that, i think. anyway, a russian gym teacher won't let the summer get in his way of his passion for cross-country skiing. 57-year-old nikolai has crafted skis that will work on water, so he can keep practicing cross-country skiing long after the snow has melted. the skis are equiped with a fin
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on the bottom to add stability. he has umbrella-like endings to push himself through the water. the skis aren't just a great workout, they can be used for fun on the water. but after watching some other people try them, is he admitted there's room for improvement. physically it's like skiing on a little boat. >> got to be hard. >> easier for her than for him. >> you going to give it a try? >> i'm going run right on you and buy myself some. there you go. down the inner harbor later today doing just that. 6:41, 61 degrees on tv hill. coming up, a look at the morning else headlines. >> an accident on the outer loop of the beltway right at harford road has some lane closures and is causing big problems. give you a live look outside next. >> sun is out this morning, no rain nearby. for the time being. our forecast for the weekend is coming up. right now, 56 downtown.
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shed say, at the airport. and 63 downtown.
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>> welcome back at 6:44. in the headlines this morning tash one person was killed, another seriously injured in an early morning collision in the owings mills area. state police tell us who cars collided head on while both traveled in the northbound lane around 3:00 this morning. one man was taken to shock trauma, where he was pronounced ead dead. a woman is listed in serious condition. the crash shut down the northbound lanes for several hours. it just reopened within the hour. the man charged in a road rage murder is back behind bars this morning after being released on bail last week. yesterday a judge revoked the million dollar bail issued to secure the release of 26-year-old james king. king is accused of killing calvin yeung as he sat at a red light last month. prosecutors argued king was a danger to the community and a slight risk at yesterday's bail review hearing.
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a federal judge has ruled the don't ask, don't tell policy unconstitutional and ordered the government to stop enforcing it. a u.s. district judge says the ban violates the first and fifth amendment rights of gays and lesbians. the judge also said it has a "dell teers effect" on the military. the justice department has not commented as to whether or not they will appeal the ruling. >> and that brings us to your answers to our water cooler question of the day. >> this morning we asked, do you agree that the military's don't ask, don't tell policy is unconstitutional? >> james in owings mills writes, i had my personal opinion on this issue, but i see the dilemma a judge faces deciding this issue k. a soldier be a homosexual or lesbian and do the job? since there's no proof they cannot, then any law saying they can't is unconstitutional regardless of how we feel. >> jeff writes, unless we have a cohesive, well motivated, high morale military to defend the constitution, this whole debate is a moot point.
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allowing gay toss serve openly will detractors. that's from jeff. >> harry writes, yes, i do think it's unconstitutional. if a person is ready to lay their life on the line for their country, then i don't think their sexual orientation should matter to anyone. that's from harry. >> roger writes, not just unconstitutional, but pretty stupid as well. we'll post more answers on the front page of wbaltv.com. >> jean's sister might have wanted to spring for the extra porseage for express service. that's because it took just 23 years for the post office to deliver her letter. gloria has more from ohio. >> well, i was sitting here having coffee this morning, and my daughter brought the mail. >> jean sliced open this letter first. stationery from her sister in sacramento. but scrolling through the handwritten note, general's confusion grew. >> she was talking about my one
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other sister that's no longer alive. i was thinking, how could she say that? i said, she must be going nuts. >> incredulously, she noticed this date at the end of the letter. >> perhaps it got stuck in some machinery, it was dated february 25, 1987. >> jean called her sister. >> i got your letter from 1987. can you imagine? it waited 23 years. we both could have been dead. >> word from the post office, be glad it was snail mail. >> a lost tweet or email that goes to the wrong address, you would never be recovered. but a letter can be recovered and delivered to its rightful owner. >> a few theories, either the letter was caught in a caught in a piece of machinery that's now being disassembled, it was delivered to another household and just now dropped back into the mail for proper delivery,
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or it was letter in a discarded mail bag. as for jean, she's waiting for a fresh letter from her sister. >> i hope i get it before 23 years this time. >> good morning. kim dacey checking on your morning commute. let's start with a live look outside at our view from the inner loop here in harford road. that's the inner loop on the right side of your screen, where two lanes are blocked there, the two right lanes because of an accident. you can see that. on the outer loop, we also have some backing down, looks like rubbernecking might be going on. switching over to a leave view of the wilkins avenue here on the west side, it looks like things are moving just fine there. otherwise around the area, we've got an accident at franklin town road. a report of an accident at interstate avenue. and also the report of an accident on the outer loop of the beltway at 702 there on the east side. we're checking on that for you. as far as speed sensors go, we are down to 16 miles per hour
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on the top side inner loop. so again, an area you might want to avoid if you're heading out the door. and that's the latest on traffic pulse 11. john, over to you. >> thanks, kim. good morning. rain this morning up in new england, down to our south to kentucky, back into illinois and missouri. leftover moisture from hermine, a tropical storm, produced over a foot of rain in parts of texas and oklahoma just a couple of days ago, and the front out in the dakotas producing thunderstorms. it's this dakota weather that we'll be watching for our next significant chance of any rain. but this morning, take a look at the satellite picture. we only have a few scattered clouds out there and a lot of sunshine. these clouds drifting over the area, connected with that rain up in parts of new england. temperatures this morning, annapolis, 63. cambridge, 60. on the boardwalk, 58. edgewood, 61. westminster, 68. parkton, 55. frederick, 57. western maryland in the 40's right now. we expect temperatures today to rise into the mid and, in some cases, upper 70's we're highs
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during the day today. here's our forecast map, showing the high pressure overhead, keeping all the stormy weather off to our south, well out to our west. here's the cool front out in the dakotas, and eventually, by the end of the weekend, will bring us a chance for rain. but today's forecast is rain-free with only a few scattered clouds and a lot of sun. northwest 10 to 15. temperatures still cooler than what would normally be occurring this time of year. mid 70's to upper 70's are expected for highs. out in the tropics, the only active storm going on right now is igor, and quite well organized. it's expected right now to stay out well over the portions of the central and eastern parts of the atlantic ocean, so it's not any immediate concern for us. our insta-weather futurecast shows that, by saturday evening, we begin to pick up some clouds. so until then, we're in great shape today and tomorrow. but overnight saturday into sunday, rain chances increase, and it looks like we could see scattered showers and thunderstorms on sunday, especial until the morning and early afternoon. by later in the day, the front
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will have gone through, and we should see a few breaks in the clouds. so our forecast, today, 77. tomorrow, 80. a lot of sunshine, low humidity, fairly comfortable. but on sunday, the front comes in, and there will be a chance for rain. so it's not all bad news. it's just on a weekend. and then monday through thursday, all looks dry. temperatures in the 80's at the beginning of the week, and then 70's toward the middle and end of the week. >> time now for a last look at our big story. the flames have been put out, but the impact will be felt for quite some time now. jennifer franciotti joins us live from west baltimore for that story. good morning, jen. >> you can see the aftermath here on north calhoun street. these buildings have been gutted. their concrete has fall not sidewalk. there's holes. there's no roof. there's debris littering the sidewalk. fire investigators are still trying to figure out a cause, but we do know that in total 12 people have been left without a place to stay.
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firefighters battled two four-alarm fires wednesday afternoon and well into the evening hours within blocks of one another. the first started here in north calhoun street. it's believed, at least preliminary narle, that employers from that fire. in all, 11 rowhouses burned, most of those rowhouses were vacant. but at this point, we're told the red cross is assisting six families, some are small children. we know they gave out many, many diapers in that case. now, fire investigators have several days off, so it will be at least until next week before a cause is determined. reporting live, jennifer franciotti, wbal-tv 11 news. >> all right, jen, thank you. a reminder, the farewell season for "oprah" begins on monday. today it's an encore presentation. oprah sits down with will and jada smith. plus you'll meet all their children. that's today at 4:00 on "oprah." for a look at what's coming up next on the "today" show, here's matt lauer. >> coming up on a friday, some
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breaking news, the latest on that massive explosion and fire that's consuming a neighborhood outside of san francisco this morning. and will he or won't he? major confusion surrounding that pastor who threatens to burn the koran on 9/11. thursday he called it off, but now he says it still could happen. we'll talk to him live. and all this week, we've been going back and giving our first jobs a try. today it's al's turn working in a grocery store. let's just say he had a gleeful time. all that, plus the hot country duo sugarland live in concert when we get started on a friday morning right here on "today." >> al sure was enjoying himself. >> better look out there. >> the time is 6:54, 61 degrees. just ahead, another look at weather and traffic together weather and traffic together before y
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everyone knows a fee is a tax. you raised some taxes during that period, particularly the property tax as well as a lot of fee increases. as you know, there's a big difference between fees and taxes. but...they're the same. it's a tax. it's a tax. it's a tax. it's a tax. there's a big difference between fees and taxes. fees and taxes are one in the same. if it comes out of my pocket, it's a tax. now he says it isn't true. we didn't raise taxes. what? still doing the same thing, paying out more money. typical politician. definitely. my commute home to the eastern shore every night only takes
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an hour but that's more time than congress spends reading massive spending bills, it's crazy. that's why i wrote a law that requires 72 hours to read every bill. i read the big bills and i said no. no to the $3 trillion budget, no to the bank bailout, and no to the health care bill. at home you would never pay a bill without reading it neither should congress. i'm frank kratovil and i approve this message because i'm proud to be ranked one of the most independent members of congress.
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>> as far as traffic goes, we have a sweapings on the north side of the beltway at harford road. the accident has actually moved off to the shoulder, so all lanes are open there, but we are still seeing some backups there on the inner and outer loops. otherwise around the area, an accident in franklin town road a reported of an accident at 702 on the east side. >> as far as the weather, we have a situation out there. >> yeah, the situation, sun today, temperatures in the 70's to near 80. similar on saturday, and a rain chance on sunday. >> cross our fingers. >> thanks for joining us for 11 news today. >> back with a live update at 7:25. >> have a good one. i'm bob ehrlich.
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i'm not the kind of guy who likes to hang on the sidelines. today maryland is in trouble. we're worse off than we were four years ago. dangerous debt, higher taxes, not enough jobs. we need real leadership to turn this state around. fix the budget -- honestly. grow small businesses -- really. excellent schools -- everywhere. protect the bay -- finally. it's why i'm running. to make the state we love not just good but great.
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now let's get down to work.

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